07/04/2006 11:00PM

E Z Warrior looking like a pro


Two races into his career, E Z Warrior is showing the versatility of an older horse.

The 2-year-old E Z Warrior, a son of Exploit, led throughout a maiden race on June 18. Tuesday, he rallied from fifth to win his stakes debut in the $100,000 Hollywood Juvenile Championship at Hollywood Park.

Ridden by David Flores, E Z Warrior ran six furlongs in 1:09.96, scoring by 2 3/4 lengths over Great Hunter. Tom Rickey, a 15-1 outsider, finished third in the field of nine.

Winning trainer Bob Baffert said he considered scratching E Z Warrior when the colt drew the rail.

"We were gambling with David riding him the way he wanted by taking him back," Baffert said. "He could have gotten beat."

Sent off favored, E Z Warrior ($4) was fifth on the backstretch. After being steadied, E Z Warrior rallied between horses in early stretch to reach the front.